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Carlton Bingo Dunfermline, Canmore Street - Lost Bingo Halls

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Club Closed: 2006

Carlton Bingo
33 Canmore Street
KY12 7NX

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Carlton Bingo Dunfermline, Canmore Street Background And History

Dunfermline lost one of their Carlton Bingo halls in 2006, but luckily for local residents, there is another Carlton Bingo Club in Dunfermline. The Canmore Street hall closed around the time that many halls were closing across the country, although we don't have confirmation as to whether it closed due to the same causes that affected many other clubs. If you do have any details please let us know.

The hall was located on the site of the Alhambra Theatre which opened in 1922 with seating for 17000 patrons. It was built on a slope and although it had a reasonable seating capacity, its exterior was not as grand as many of the city theatres of the day. The interior was and still is quite plush in terms of the plaster work throughout, and the frieze among other details.

It was converted into a cinema in the thirties, as many theatres were, and continued to show films until the sixties when it was taken over as a bingo hall. Bingo reigned for an impressive forty years before its closure. Luckily the building is Grade 'B' listed, and has been re-opened as a theatre, which although not a boon for bingo players, at least it continues to serve up entertainment to the community.

By Gareth Whieldon (November 2010)

Photographs Of The Carlton Bingo Dunfermline, Canmore Street

If you have any photos from this lost hall, be it of its interior, the staff, special events, parties, customers and more; and you'd like to share them here, please contact us to arrange adding them to the site.

Carlton Bingo Dunfermline

Photograph by: Donald Kirkbryde (c 1990) - Exterior of Carlton Bingo Dunfermline

Your Comments And Memories Of The Canmore Street Carlton Bingo

Were you connected to the Carlton Bingo Canmore Street, Dunfermline? Be it as a staff member or customer, we'd love to hear about this club when it was open - send your comments and memories about the staff, the members, the events and general atmosphere of this lost bingo club; to keep here for posterity's sake.

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Background Info Update

This was a brand new purpose built club which replaced the Alhambra bingo hall in Dunfermline. After standing empty for a while a businessman bought the Alhambra refurbished it back to a theatre and reopened it as a live theatre. Thankfully Gala who owned it hadn't ripped out the original fittings, so a sympathetic restoration meant that it could revert back to its original use as a live theatre. When it was a cinema it was owned by J B Milne the Dundee cinema owner from 1947 until the early fifties, when ownership reverted back to sir AB King, who had owned it prior to jbm taking it over it then became a Caledonian Associated Cinema, until bingo took over in the sixties when films were discontinued.

Donald Kirkbride (May 2012)

Other Clubs In The Area

Listed below are a couple of clubs in the area as an alternative to the Carlton Bingo Dunfermline.

We do try to verify the closure of all clubs featured in this section, which is not always possible. If we've added a club to the lost halls section that isn't closed, please accept our apologies and contact us asap so we can rectify our mistake.

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